That this beautiful, blue, endangered creature shares my name, makes me irrationally partial to it.
Some days I feel kinship with the Karner blue butterfly, as if I, too, am in danger of being wiped out.
But there are quiet armies of people devoted to saving this butterfly, from school children in New Hampshire (read more about those Kids for Karners here), to landowners restoring their land with native plantings in Wisconsin (read more about grants for landowners here). And there’s a quiet army of support and help for me (and for you).
That there are people who are willing to help (feed the hungry, save the butterfly & help their neighbor)–that’s good news!
To learn about the Karner butterfly, where it lives and why it’s endangered, click here.
And to read about my surprise award from US Fish & Wildlife and Wisconsin DNR for my work in organizing a volunteer network for Karner blue recovery in Wisconsin (I helped write the application for a federal grant to support the project, and we got it!) click here:
Think you’ve seen a Karner blue? For identification tips, click here: (This is about recognizing the butterfly, not about how to tell whether Tracy Lee Karner is in a melancholy mood.)
I’m grateful to everyone, who understands that small things matter. When people make the effort to do whatever good deeds they’re capable of accomplishing, it sparks me to do my best, too.
And I’ve learned, we don’t have to do anything grand to contribute to a heroic effort–planting a few seeds can beautify the world and provide food for an endangered butterfly.
So, let’s go plant some seeds (the real botanical kind, or kernels of inspiration/motivation/love & kindness), and enjoy the privilege of beholding a transformation.